Paul Scofield (I) (1922–2008)


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Though his number of film roles amount to a bit over 30, Paul Scofield has cast a giant shadow in the world of stage and film acting. He grew up in West Sussex, the son of a schoolmaster. He attended the Varndean School for Boys in Brighton. The love of acting came early. While still high school age, he began training as an actor at the Croydon ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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A Man for All Seasons Thomas More
(1966)
The Crucible Judge Thomas Danforth
(1996)
Quiz Show Mark Van Doren
(1994)
Henry V King Charles VI of France
(1989)

Filmography

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 2000 Great Performances (TV Series)
Kurosawa
- Kurosawa (2000) ... Kurosawa (voice)
 1999 Animal Farm (TV Movie)
Boxer (voice)
 1996 The Crucible
Judge Thomas Danforth
 1996 The Little Riders (TV Movie)
Grandpa Roden
 1994 Martin Chuzzlewit (TV Mini-Series)
Old Martin Chuzzlewit / Anthony Chuzzlewit / The Late Anthony Chuzzlewit
- Episode Six (1994) ... Old Martin Chuzzlewit
- Episode Five (1994) ... Old Martin Chuzzlewit
- Episode Four (1994) ... Old Martin Chuzzlewit
- Episode Three (1994) ... The Late Anthony Chuzzlewit / Old Martin Chuzzlewit
- Episode Two (1994) ... Old Martin Chuzzlewit / Anthony Chuzzlewit
 1994 Quiz Show
Mark Van Doren
 1992 Utz
Doctor Vaclav Orlik
 1990 Hamlet
The Ghost
 1989 Henry V
King Charles VI of France
 1989 When the Whales Came
The Birdman
 1988 The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (TV Movie)
Otto Frank
 1987 Mister Corbett's Ghost (TV Movie)
Mr. Corbett
 1985 Anna Karenina (TV Movie)
Karenin
 1985 Nineteen Nineteen
Alexander Scherbatov
 1984 Summer Lightning
Old Robert Clarke
 1984 A Kind of Alaska (TV Movie)
Dr. Hornby
 1983 Ill Fares the Land
Narrator (voice)
 1983 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The Life and Times of Don Luis Buñuel (1983) ... Narrator (voice)
 1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Hugo Latymer / Verner Conklin
- A Song at Twilight (1982) ... Hugo Latymer
- Come Into the Garden, Maud (1982) ... Verner Conklin
 1981 If Winter Comes (TV Movie)
Professor Moroi
 1981 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
James Callifer
- The Potting Shed (1981) ... James Callifer
 1980 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1977 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Lewis Lambert Strether
- The Ambassadors (1977) ... Lewis Lambert Strether
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
Fennick
- When Greek Meets Greek (1975) ... Fennick
 1973 A Delicate Balance
Tobias
 1973 Scorpio
Sergei Zharkov
 1969-1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sir Emlyn Bowen, Q.C.
- Emlyn (1969) ... Sir Emlyn Bowen, Q.C.
 1970 Nijinsky: Unfinished Project
Sergei Diaghilev
 1970/II Bartleby
The Accountant
 1970 King Lear
King Lear
 1969 The Red Tent
The Main Judge (uncredited)
 1969 Male of the Species (TV Movie)
Sir Emlyn Bowen, Q. C.
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
Thomas More
 1956-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Captain / Doctor Gary Lewis / Hamlet
- The Dance of Death (1966) ... Captain
- Heaven and Earth (1957) ... Doctor Gary Lewis
- Hamlet (1956) ... Hamlet
 1964 The Train
Colonel Franz Von Waldheim
 1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Cardrey
- Windmill Near a Frontier (1959) ... Robert Cardrey
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
Henry IV
- Henry IV (1959) ... Henry IV
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Johnny Jackson
- Expresso Bongo (1958) ... Johnny Jackson
 1958 Carve Her Name with Pride
Tony Fraser
 1955 That Lady
King Philip II of Spain
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Other Works:

He acted in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Godfrey Tearle, Diana Wynyard, Anthony Quayle, Ena Burrill, Claire Bloom, Heather Stannard, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight, Alfie Bass and John Justin in the cast. Barry Jackson was the director. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 20 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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I have found that an actor's work has life and interest only in its execution. It seems to wither away in discussion, and become emptily theatrical and insubstantial. See more »

Trivia:

In a rare 2004 opinion poll of members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Paul was acclaimed for giving the greatest performance in a Shakespearean play for his legendary portrayal of King Lear in a 1962 production at Stratford. Voting peers included such theatre luminaries as Ian McKellen , Donald Sinden , Janet Suzman , Ian Richardson , Corin Redgrave and Antony Sher . Judi Dench 's Lady Macbeth... See more »

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